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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Mar 23, 2012 8:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What are the best examples of the Grateful Dead playing low-down, dirty, back-alley blues?

Any of the above tracks have great Jerry leads, including Cliff's Smokestack. Jerry's work on that Death Don't Have No Mercy is just amazing, though very different than his approach to blues in 1973.

If you're up for his earlier blues sound, you could try a tour of other 1969 Death Don't Have No Mercy's, or some of the blues numbers and jams on the 10-68 Mickey Hart and the Hartbeats dates have nice bits. Also, Jerry does some nice things in the second half of the Nobody's Spoonful Jam bonus track on the Aoxomoxoa CD.

Something closer to that 1973 date is the jam out of Truckin' on 6-16-74, included on the bonus disc of RT 2/3, but I think still available on BT sites. While it gets increasingly out there, the underlying changes are blues for the whole 12 minutes of the jam, and it's followed by worthy versions of Wharf Rat and GDTRFB.